Since acquiring big man Youssoupha Kane from Western Nebraska Community College, many Titan fans have been waiting to hear the news regarding whether he would be eligible to play for the Detroit Titans this season.
Although, some had their doubts that it would happen so soon, the Titans announced on Monday afternoon that Kane will be eligible to play for the Titans, starting this Saturday against No. 11 Wichita State.
As expected, this is exciting news for the Titans. At 6 foot-10 and 205 pounds, Kane has already proven that he is a good rebounder and can finish well right around the basket. Plus, he has long arms and is extremely athletic, which makes him a very good shot blocker. In fact, in his sophomore season at Western Nebraska Community College, Kane was quite impressive as he averaged 10 points, seven rebounds and one block shot per game last season.
If you think that’s it, you will be happy to know that Kane’s most important quality is how hard he plays every possession. From start to finish, he is constantly fighting for offensive position or battling down low for a rebound.
Even though, his offensive game isn’t very polished yet, he has shown some flashes of what he can be if his game is properly developed. In fact, head coach Ray McCallum thinks very highly of Kane’s potential and the impact that he can have this season.
“He’s a big man who can move.” Coach McCallum said after practice Tuesday. “Right away, he is going to impact us defensively because he can move which allows him to get out and cover multiple positions. Then you add that with the fact that he is long and that he has good hands for a 6-foot-10 big man, and there is plenty of be excited about when it comes to Kane’s role on the Titans. So I’m excited and I know he and the rest of the team are as well.”
Altogether, Kane will provide valuable minutes against Detroit’s opponents that have good size in the front court, regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench. Then, when you add that with the fact that he has a load of upside, which is due to his rare combination of work ethic and overall athleticism he will definitely be an interesting player to watch over the next few seasons, especially when you consider the fact that he has two years of eligibility remaining with the Titans.
So clap your hands Titan fans, because for a team like the Titans, who have struggled with rebounding and lacked an overall post presence so far this season, you just received two early Christmas presents, in Kane and former U-D Jesuit star Chris Jenkins, who will also make his Titan debut this Saturday against 11. Wichita State, after transferring from Colorado.
“It’s great because we have two of our best athletes, who also have high motors and good IQs back on the court this Saturday.” Coach McCallum said with a smile. “For them, they have been watching for nine games now. So they are definitely going to impact us positively with their energy and hunger to play and succeed.”
Up Next With The Titans
Detroit will return to Dick Vitale Court on Saturday (Dec. 13) when the Titans host No. 8 Wichita State at historic Calihan Hall.
Tip-off against Wichita State is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 13) at historic Calihan Hall and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
To order tickets by phone or fax, contact the Titans Ticket office at (313) 993-1700 or fax to (313) 993-2449. The Titans Ticket Office is located in Calihan Hall and is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Producer of “The Morning Heat” on Hot 107.5 and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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